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Equity and Social Justice

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Equity and Social Justice: Leveling the opportunity playing field and working to right persistent wrongs. 

Despite significant progress over the last several decades, Equity and Social Justice issues stemming from unequal treatment and disparate access to resources and power undermine individual and community opportunity and progress.

NCG partners with our member colleagues and other organizations working to advance social justice and foster opportunities to collectively address issues of race, gender and equity in our community. Through our combined efforts we help philanthropy, government and business and other stakeholders access tools and resources to advance social justice. Examples include:


Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 3:00pm

With income insecurity and economic inequity at historic highs funders, practitioners and policy advocates are working harder than ever to understand and address the root causes of family economic insecurity. The film explores the systemic and structural causes at the root of US economic inequity

Friday, February 7, 2020 - 12:00pm

Join us for an informal lunch that NCG will provide and a book discussion on Ibram X. Kendi’s How to be an Anti-Racist. Following our successful event with a talk by Ibram X.


This December webinar was presented by the California Criminal Justice Funders Group. 

Throughout the state of California, organizers and communities impacted by incarceration are demanding an end to jail expansion. On this webinar we heard about the lessons learned from JusticeLA’s victory and what is required to create successful and effective coalitions to end mass incarceration. We heard from organizers from Los Angeles and the Bay Area about the current status of the fights to end jail expansion throughout the state and the role of funders in advancing these campaigns.

The California Criminal Justice Funders Group is pleased to share our first-of-its-kind report “Funding the Future: Fellowships for Formerly-Incarcerated People in California.”

As public awareness about the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) grows, there have been a number of legislative initiatives within the state of California designed to support the screening, prevention, and treatment of childhood trauma.

Immigration issues have attracted significant attention over the past few years as changes in federal policies have ignited debates across the political spectrum.


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Thursday, January 9, 2020

The beginning of a new year gives us a moment to think about the importance of 2020. As the census count and presidential election approach, we envision what it takes to create a decade centering equity and social justice. In this spirit, we offer some articles below that help us think about reparations, check our assumptions, reflect on the costs of social norms, and how to be media literate. We're including a couple bonus samples this month that bring in future visions while understanding our present and past conditions.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Welcome to a special edition of What We're Reading. We're winding down with a double dose of articles and bonus tidbits.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

October represents a time of changing seasons and is an opportunity to think about how change occurs, what it takes to make it happen, and how we can reflect on our power and privilege. The articles this month focus on movement building, mental health, immigration and border-related concerns, and disability issues. 

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

When I joined NCG three and a half years ago, our communications was staffed by a competent and personable team of one. The woman who held the job had a knack for discerning what people wanted and delivering just that thing. This made everyone happy. Most of the time. Inevitably, though, it did not always make her happy. Because what people wanted didn’t always match what she herself thought was best. Expressing disagreement, it turned out, was her kryptonite.

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

September finds us heading into fall and the back-to-school season. We strive to practice a beginner’s mindset in our equity and social justice work, applying an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions. In that spirit, we’ve chosen a story that takes a nuanced look at an individual’s journey to college and articles that teach us new lessons in history, language, race, and gender.